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VOL. I., NO. 19.
PINEHURST, N. C, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1S98.
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OUR STATE CAPITAL,
Pinehurst Party's Impressions of
Raleigh and Its People,
Visitors Find Many Places of Interest and
Enjoy Southern Hospitality.
H. H. Powell's Guarantee an 'Open Sesame'
to Official and Social Circles.
If wo were asked how to see Raleigh,
our reply in a single sentence would he:
See it, if possible, with Henry II. Powell,
Esq., of Aherdeen. Convoyed by him
there will he nothing too good for the
visitor to the Capital City of North Caro
lina. And no puhlio dignitary will he
too high to reaeh. At the State House
you can say familarly, "Yer 'and, guv'
ner; yer 'and," as you are introduced to
the chief executive of the state, Uentle
mcn in the highest walks of social, busi
ness and professional life forget the
dignity that well he tits their age and
position as they meet and greet "Henry."
The freedom of the city in general, and
special hospit ility in particular, are
generously proffered such as are under
Mr. Powell's charge. We went, we saw
and we were conquered. And we have
returned enthusiastic over Raleigh.
Moreover, we were assured that any vis
itors from Pinehurst, especially if plans
for an excursion to Raleigh should ma
terialize, would receive a most cordial
welcome. The state treasurer assured
us that all of our company might ex
pect to receive at his hands a. souvenir
in the shape of a genuine North Carolina
hond fr $1,000, "Redeemable in good
and lawful money of the Confederate
The traveler from the North is sur
prised at the husiness enterprise shown
in Raleigh, and he needs to he told that
ho fore the war it was a little town, not a
few of whose mud clay streets were a
veritable quagmire. It is a beautiful city
with an unusually large number of pub
lic buildings and enough line residences
to suggest the high character and quality
f the citizens. Col. Hicks, one of our
hosts, a royal Southern gentleman, was
the architect of many of these structures.
There is one striking peculiarity about a
visit like ours; your cicerone is ahle to
introduce you to such delightful people.
This gives one a generous allowance of
the proverbial Southern hospitality. Mr.
Powell insisted upon guaranteeing us to
friends. We found Pinehurst a name
to conjure with, yet the name of Powell,
humanly speaking, was omnipotent in
Raleigh. I low else can you explain the
lofusal of Raleigh's best landlord to re
vive compensation for our entertain
ment at his hostelry? The Varhorough
House where we were so generously
treated is well worthy of patronage.
Test it if for any reason you stop over
in ihileigh. What other explanation
can you give of the fact that
the bank vaults were opened for our in
spection; and that we hobnobbed with
the leading ollicials and citizens V
We visited the State Capitol, next the
State Museum with its t reasures a splen
did exhibition which one cannot begin to
compass in a single day. We were
charmed with the broad streets and line
residences, and especially interested in
the educational interests of Kaleigh.
The city seems to provide ample means
for higher education for the whole state.
Its agricultural college buildings are im
posing and the grounds sulliciently spa
cious for all needed experimental work.
Its park system is one to be proud of;
and in spite of the push and energy of its
business men, it is very evident that the
idea of home is not lost sight of in the
larger thought of the citizens.
In Raleigh no spasmodic efforts are be
ing made to boom the city. At the same
time there is a hearty invitation to capi
tal seeking investment, and a cordial
welcome awaits any and all who may be
induced to lix their habitation here.
Wearied after a long day of travel and of
intensely interesting sight-seeing, out of
the many kind otters of hospitality we
accepted the invitation of Mr. Ivan
Proctor. Our host lives just far enough
from the centre of husiness to enjoy ti
11 hi sine iliiiiitntc. His city "plantation"
is up to date. Mr. Proctor's scientific
fanning is quite an object lesson. A
colored individual, to whom he showed
his incubator, exclaimed: "I)e white
man done beat (Jod Almighty. Him
make ice in summer and hatch chickens
widout a hen." It is worth a visit South
to come into such close contact with our
Southern Iriends as we are brought by
accepting their hospitality. Mrs. Proc
tor is a tine example of the Southern
mother whose pride in and devotion to
her children are manifested in the de
velopment of that character which is
the hope of the nation.
Hut all things have an end. The mem
ber of our party who at the outset de
clared his time was so valuable that he
felt he must limit his stay to a few hours,
was with ditliculty prevented from spend
ing a week in Raleigh, such are its at
tractions. We felt it an imposition to
monopolize the valuable time of such
gentlemen as Messrs. Edwards and
Uroughton, whoso mammoth printing
plant and bindery make any other similar
establishment in North Carolina super
fluous. These newly-made friends
dropped the lines of business and insisted
that it was a personal favor to them to
be permitted to show us attentions. If
we do not get even with them when they
come to Pinehurst to attend our Wash
ington's Hirthday celebration, it will not
be for lack of desire on our part.
Two railroads enter Raleigh, the
Southern and Seaboard Air Line. Our
acquaintance with the latter has been
exceedingly pleasant. Through the col
umns of the SohuinjHiiili it disseminates
abundant information, not only about
North Carolina but all the territory it
traverses in several other Southern
states. Its rolling stock is unsurpassed
and its roadbed as comfortable as one
could desire. Its ollicials, so far as we
have met them, are courteous and kind;
and whatever limit there is to its favors
are placed there by outside restrictions.
We say without reservation or qual
ification that it is a luxury to travel on
the Seaboard Air Line.
We have not entered into details, be
causeall of our space would be necessary
for this purpose.. Only a brief outline
sketch can here be given. Hut if sin ex
cursion for the day to Raleigh can be
planned, don't fail to take it in.
PINEHURST GOLF LINKS.
A XI lie Hole Course JuJ C'oni pitted In
flit? Sixty Acre Field Xwir (lie Fool of
I lie Village reen.
A nine hole golf course has been laid
out after the famous St. Andrews, near
Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. Tufts is giv
ing his personal attention to the. con
struction and we may expect as line links
as there are in the country. The spot
selected is an ideal one, situated upon the
hill south of the Village Common. The
grounds cover sixty acres of thoroughly
cleared land, well fenced in, and covered
with a thick growth of rye, which will
be kept short by a flock of more than a
hundred sheep. A large force of men
have been at work on the links, which
are now in good condition. Many good
golfers are with us and anxiously await
ing the opening day.
As quite a few of our townspeople
have not participated in this fascinating
game, the question has been asked: ''Is
golf really a great game? Shorn of all
the glamour and glitter of a new sport,
will it wear well?" The answer comes
from all parts of the country: "It will."
It is a game that requires only moderate
exertion; it does not tire one, but it
creates a love for walking, develops the
muscles of the arms and hack, and culti
vates a true eye and steady nerve. Like
cycling, golf brings out of doors many
who are not trained athletes. It is pos
sible to the young, the middle aged, and
even the old, and women can join in it
no less than in lawn tennis or cvcliny;.
It gives to its followers the best kind of
tonic known to science plenty of freh
air. Hut the greatest characteristic of
the game is, that it can be played all the
year around. He whom the mighty
Caledonian game has won, is perennially
present, going over the course with in
creasing zest and pleasure.
Turning the page in the history of
Pinehurst, we note that the historian
dwelt lovingly over the glory of tennis,
croquet and other spurts with more care
than was ever given to the stories of the
early saints by cloistered scribes pictur
ing their triumphs with masters' brushes
and pen. The popular out-door sport of
the day is unquestionably golf and the
good old historian is compelled to admit
to the new page the fact that the games
that have been so popular in the past,
have settled into a state of "innocuous
desuetude," and is now ready to illumin
ate with red letters the birth of the
Scotch national game at Pinehurst.
The word "links" in Scotland is
applied to the sandy stretches of country
near the sea; so the Pinehurst links have
been laid out upon the white sand of
Southern soil. Resorts of the North can
boast of grass covered meadows, dotted
here and there with trees. To he sure
groves of trees beautify the landscape,
but mar the joy of the game for him
whose ill-directed drive has landed his
ball in the midst of the foliage. This
lack of appreciation of the beautiful in
Nature is a feature of golf. No matter
how artistic or picturesque with woods
and ravines may be the course, the
golfer only sees in them so many more
or less insurmountable "hazards" and
"hunkers." We are happy to say that
there are no obstructions other than
those placed there in connection with
the few hills met with on our course, and
those lend interest to the game. There
are no links in the South to be compared
with those at Pinehurst, and they will
prove the great magnet of attraction to
lovers of the game.
I). LkRov Culvkk.
A ills Have liiulio' Maidw.
We know well enough that ants are
the most advanced of all the insect world,
that they can talk to one another and
have regular laws and regulations in
their tiny colonies. Hut the last dis
covery about them is, perhaps, the most
astonishing of all. A naturalist has been
making observations on their toilet and
has discovered that each insect goes
through a cleaning process as elaborate
as that of a cat, only not performed hy
herself, but by another, who acts for the
time as lady's maid.
Ants of the genus atta were the sub
ject of these observations. These, he
found, slept in relays for about three
hours. When they woke up, they would
stretch their limbs just like warm
blooded animals. Even under the micro
scope he could watch them yawn. Then
begins the toilet. The assistant starts
by washing the face of her companion
and goes on to the thorax and legs. The
attitude of the cleansed is one of intense
satisfaction, resembling that of a dog or
a cat when its head is being scratched.
She lies down withallher limbs stretched
loosely out, she rolls over on her side,
even her back, a perfect picture of ease.
The pleasure the creature takes in being
thus combed and sponged is really en
joyable to the observer. AVr Ynvk